Most people assume that cats are highly independent and solitary. However, responsible pet owners … Read More
Most people assume that cats are highly independent and solitary. However, responsible pet owners would tell you that this is true only to a certain extent. This is because your kitty still depends on you in a number of crucial ways including providing them with basic necessities such as a safe shelter, food, water and veterinary care, not to mention love and companionship.
This article presents a couple of basic cat care tips that all pet owners should follow. Keep these in mind and remember your responsibilities to your feline friend.
Needless to say, one of your primary responsibilities as a cat owner is to ensure that your cat stays healthy. There is no better way to ensure this than by regularly taking your kitty to the veterinarian for their scheduled check-ups and vaccinations. Keep in mind that medical care is important for cats in the same way that it is for people. So, we highly recommend that you get a veterinarian with a stellar record in feline care.
It is also worth mentioning here that Spaying and neutering your cat is a basic medical procedure. It keeps them healthier and lets them lead fuller lives.
Ensuring a Healthy Diet
One of the best ways to keep your cats healthy is by ensuring that they have a nutritionally balanced diet. You cannot overfeed them as feline obesity can lead to serious health consequences for your kitty such as kidney failure and the inability to clean themselves properly. Needless to say, you would not want that.
That being said, we recommend that you feed them canned cat food instead of dry kibble. This is because dry kibble’s carbohydrate content is simply too high as well as its plant-based proteins.
Proper Hygiene and Grooming
Cats, by nature, are very clean animals. This makes the whole matter of hygiene that much easier compared to dogs. As you have probably surmised, most cats will instinctively use their litter box. However, you will have to show them where it is when you first get them. Place it in a spot that is both convenient and quiet. This is because cats also value their privacy. Needless to say, it is your responsibility to regularly clean their litter box. Prospective cat owners must understand that failure to do so will have serious consequences.
Pet owners must consciously groom their cats on a regular basis. This means brushing their hair regularly. This is meant to keep their coats and skin healthy. It is also crucial in terms of reducing shedding and hairballs while preventing matting. In addition to that, you must also clip their claws in order to prevent them from growing into the paws. We recommend that you make the most of the grooming sessions by also checking for any injuries, lumps, and fleas.
These are just a few of the things that cat owners must guarantee. As you know, while cats may seem independent and aloof, they actually depend on us on a number of important ways.
Pet ownership is a real responsibility that you cannot neglect once you decide to take it on. That is why it is vital that you take a few moments to consider whether you are truly ready to bring a cat into your home. This is a pretty basic checklist of the things you need to look at as your cat will surely need them.
- Money – Like it or not, finances play a huge role on whether you can take care of your cat or not. First, they need regular veterinary care. This also includes the standard de-worming, de-sexing, and vaccinations they need to get while they are still kittens. Then you will also need to take into account the costs such as litter, cleaning products, toys, cat food, carrier, bedding, scratching post and regular parasite control. These expenses can add up quickly and you need to be ready for it. Meaning, perhaps passing on your new headphones purchase you were thinking about lately (read: I was).
- Time and attention – One of the common misconceptions about cats is that they are anti-social and solitary. This is a myth. Your pet cats need regular playtime and they yearn for your attention.
This article presented a couple of practical considerations which must be taken into account by prospective cat owners.
Bringing a feline friend into your home is a big decision. However, it is a decision that should be preceded by much thought and a thorough introspection. After all, having a pet is no minor decision. From the moment that you bring that kitty to your life, you must understand that you will be responsible for it for the rest of its life.
That being said, you should also understand that your relationship with your kitty is not a one-way street. This is because it brings with it a number of benefits proven by multiple studies. For instance, having a cat can help address feelings of loneliness by giving you a companion. While it is true that cats are not pack animals the way dogs are, they are still very much sociable. One cannot help but feel loved as your feline friend sleeps on your lap.
Needless to say, it can also translate into real health benefits as well. This is because having a pet can serve as a major motivator for most people. The increased activity can also help lower your blood pressure quite a bit.
These are just a few of the benefits of cat ownership. That being said, we recommend that you give it time and mull it over.